Saturday, February 25, 2023

Y&R Report: The Latest on The Young and the Restless (February 25, 2023)

Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance.

Hi fans,

Jeremy Stark is back and Jack Abbott and Diane Jenkins are in shock.  They never expected to see him again.  They foolishly believed they were in the clear.  How wrong they were!  Now they are getting exactly what they deserve.  Stark is back to haunt them.  Did Jack and Diane really think they could get rid of him so easily?  Diane should be very very afraid because Stark is hellbent on getting revenge on her.  This time I think he will have an ally in his attempt to bring her down.  HIs ally will be Phyllis.  Phyllis is quite desperate right now.  She feels alone, rejected, mistreated and misunderstood.  She has been fired from separate jobs by her own two children.  She has lost Jack to Diane, who has flaunted her relationship to Jack. She's very vulnerable right now and just as eager as Jeremy to bring Diane down.  Although she has refused Jeremy's offer, I think she will change her mind and decide to help him.  

Heather has informed Daniel that she has met someone else, and she and Lucy have returned to Portugal.  The writers decided  against keeping them in Genoa City for a while.  I guess they couldn't fit them into the storyline,  Their appearance closes the book on that chapter in Daniel's past and leaves him free to begin a relationship with Lily, which will happen eventually.

Well, Ashley Abbott seems to have the upper hand right now.  She's very pleased with herself and smug, isn't she?  She seem to  to be enjoying watching Tucker McCall squirm.  But what is Ashley's end game?  I don't think her motive is purely revenge or power.  So, what is she trying to accomplish?  Is she somehow trying to get control of the Abbott home so that Diane and Jack can't live there together?

Nate is going to regret becoming involved with Victoria.  Somebody is on to what's going on with the former doctor Nate and his boss, and it's not Nate's girlfriend, Elena.  It's Audra, the new COO of Neman Media and Noah's ex.  She clued right in.  She noticed the vibes between Nate and Princess Victoria.  When she mentioned it to Nate, he vehemently denied any romantic involvement with Victoria.  However, the look on Audra's face as left the office told the story.  She doesn't believe him.  Audra is an opportunist, it will be interesting to see how she uses her knowledge about Nate and Victoria.

By the way, it appears that Audra has been hired to to be a spy.  Her latest assignment is to find out who bought out Tucker's company before the Newmans had a chance.  I'm sure she'll soon discover that the buyer was Ashley. That should put Victoria on a collision course with Ashely.

The Sally Spectra baby drama continues.  The writers tried to tease us.  However, the father had to be Adam because that creates more conflict.  Actually, I was pleased because I don't like Sally and Nick Newman together.  I think Sally's going to become really fed up with the arguing between the Newman brothers.  Just wait until Victor gets involved, too.  He definitely won't be happy that Sally's the mother of a Newman baby, his grandchild.  Sally doesn't seem ready to be a mother and she may decide to put the baby up for adoption.  It would follow that the child would be adopted by Mariah and Tessa.

There has been a shakeup of Y&R's writing staff.  The shakeup means that head writer and executive producer Josh Griffith will have even more power, influence and responsibility.  So, if you don't like the storylines, you are more likely to blame him.  Here's the situation.  Just as The Young and Restless prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, it's writing team has gotten smaller.  The entire staff of five breakdown writers has been fired, four of whom are women.  Breakdown writers map out story narrative over multiple episodes.  They are specifically used for daytime dramas because they have so many more episodes than prime time shows.  It is not clear whether the decision to fire the break down writers was made by Sony Pictures Television, which produces Y&R, or by Griffith himself.  Nevertheless, this is not a pleasing development and it does not bode well for the show.

Josh Griffith


Y&R celebrates 50th anniversary with return of old favourites

Michael Damian

Patty Weaver

Longtime Y&R viewers will be delighted to see the return of five characters in celebration of the show's 50th anniversary. Michael Damian (Danny Romalotti),who appeared at Christmas and New Year's, will be back again, as will Patty Weaver, who played Danny's big sister, Gina Roma. Gina operated a restaurant in Genoa City where she often entertained customers with her singing. Before starting he 30-year run on Y&R, Patty portrayed Trish Clayton on Days of Our Lives.

Tricia Cast will return as Nina Webster.  Nina is the best friend of Christine "Cricket." (Lauralee Bell).  Nina is also the mother of Philip Chancellor 1V, better known as "Chance."  She will probably be very interested in what's happened to Chance and Abby.  If she discovers the truth about Abby and Devon, she won't be too pleased.  

Trisha Cast

Barbara Crampton will return as gossip queen Leanna Love.  Leanna once wrote a tell-all book about Victor Newman entitled Ruthless.  It will be fun to watch Victor's reaction when he sees Leanna again.  Veronica Redd will reprise her role as Mamie Johnson, the Abbott family's housekeeper. and "surrogate mother."  Veronica is the second actress to play the role of Mamie, and she left the show in 2004.

Barbara Crampton

Veronica Redd

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) expecting her second child

Some happy baby news to pass along to Y&R fans.  Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) is pregnant with her second child.  The actress revealed the news on Twitter by posting a photo of herself and her one-year-old son, Caden in which she shows off her baby bump.  The caption on the photo read, "Looks like we're just destined to have August babies.  So grateful and excited to be adding another cub to our family of Leo baby boys.  Caden's gonna be a big brother."

So, Melissa's pregnancy means that her character, Chelsea, will not be seen on the show while she has a maternity break.  Will Chelsea be written out for a while or will another actress replace her while she is on mat leave?  We will soon find out.  Right now, it looks like Melissa's character, who seems to have overcome a mental health crisis, and Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson) are headed for romance.  


Y&R characters often make unwise decisions or act foolishly.  It's what creates conflict on the show.  Sometimes, I just want to scratch my head and say, "How can you be so stupid?"  So fans, I would like to know which character on Y&R acts the most foolishly in your opinion.  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Who is the most foolish character on Y&R? free polls


I really need your feedback.  If you have any comments on Y&R, please email them to me with "Viewer Forum" in the subject line. I will be happy to publish your comments and reply to them  You do not have to use your real name.  I really need your input.  I really need to hear your opinion.  I want to know if you agree or disagree with me. 

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That's all for now/  Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in
this space on Saturday, March 11, 2023.

Take care,


Saturday, February 11, 2023

Y&R Report (February 11, 2013): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance.

Hi fans,
We haven't seen the last of Jeremy Stark.  I'm glad because Diane Jenkins and her love-sick puppy, Jack Abbott, should not get away with what they've done.  They are not above the law.  They committed a crime by stealing Nikki's necklace and setting up Stark up to take the fall.  Jeremy is a low-life criminal, but that doesn't excuse what Diane and Jellyfish Jack did.  They are just as accountable under the law as Stark.
According to a teaser in Soap Opera Digest, Jeremy will get out of prison in the days ahead.  Of course he will seek revenge and there will be more threats and intimidation.  The difference this time is that The Big Man himself, Victor Newman will go head to head with Stark.  Victor is going to be very busy trying to deal with Stark and also gaining control of Tucker McCall's company so that he can bring prodigal son Adam back in the fold.   

Diane has a lot of nerve.  She just waltzed into Jack's office and sat behind his desk with a smug smile, as if she owned Jabot.  She behaved like the cat who caught the canary, the canary being Jack Abbott.  She even had the unmitigated gall to ask Jack for a promotion.  Diane is after Phyllis's former job.  She claims she has the right qualifications and that she wants to become closer to the family.
How many times have we heard Diane say that she returned to Genoa City to reconnect with Kyle, the son she abandoned?  However, her true motive has always been to marry Jack so that she will be the Abbott lady of the manor.  She wants to be the Abbott version of Nikki Newman.  I hope she never gets that ring on her finger.  What a disaster that would be!  Fortunately, I don't think it's ever going to happen because Jack and Diane are doomed.  They think everything is great/  They think they've gotten rid of Jeremy Stark for good.  Have they got a surprise coming for them!

"And they call it Puppy Love . . ."

Diane is unlikely to achieves her goal.  Nikki and Ashley and Phyllis will wipe that Cheshire cat smile off her face.  It's already starting to happen.  When Ashley returned from Paris, she argued with with her foolish brother. over Diane.  Jack threatened to kick her out of the Abbott house, but she protested that it was the family home.  Jack offered to buy her out, but she strongly refused his offer.  
Jack is so blinded by his feelings for Diane that he can't see what a manipulative woman she is.  He puts her ahead of his sister.  Jack and Ash usually get along so well. This is probably the biggest conflict they have ever had.

Wow!  Phyllis must be the only TV character who has been fired from one job by a daughter (Summer) and another job by a son (Daniel).  That could only happen to her.  She never should have sold The Grand Phoenix.  She really enjoyed running the hotel.  She was really suited for the job.
Phyllis is no angel, but I really think her meddling is sincere in a very misguided way.  She really believes she is helping her children.  She doesn't understand that she is way out of bounds.  I am not the biggest fan of Phyllis, but her heart is warmer than Diane's.  Phyllis has done some terrible things in her past, but she doesn't pretend to be something she's not.  Diane is a complete phony.  

It's obvious that Princess Victoria Newman has her sights set on Nate Hastings.  Of course, Dr. Elena thinks everything is going well in her relationship with Nate.  She has no idea yet that Victoria is getting ready to pounce on her boyfriend.  Victoria has already kissed Nate, and the two couldn't even talk about it.  They ignored the elephant in the room.  After the kiss, Nate was super sweet to Elena because he felt guilty.  Meanwhile, Victoria flirts with Nate, drinks wine with him, and feeds his ego.  You don't know it yet, Elena, but you will have plenty to worry about.

Could it be that Mariah and Tessa will adopt Sally's baby?  That would be interesting because the baby will have royal Newman blood, so Victor would have to become involved in some way.   It seems that every time Mariah and Tessa try to adopt a child, they are thwarted.  Something or other stops it from happening.  Meanwhile, Sally  is not ready for motherhood.  Nick sounds supportive now, but he may change his tune if Adam turns out to be the father.

Well, thanks to Phyllis, Heather and Lucy have returned to Genoa City.  Did you know that Heather is the daughter of Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) from his first marriage to April Stevens long ago?  That makes Lucy the granddaughter of Paul, although not biologically.
Lucy is actually the offspring of Daniel Romalotti and a criminal named Daisy, who drugged Daniel and took advantage of him.  It's interesting to note that Daisy is the daughter of Lauren's nemesis, the evil Sheila Carter, and Terrible Tom Fisher, Kevin's father who locked him in a closet.  With those two as parents, it's not surprising that Daisy turned out the way she did.
Daisy became a fugitive and escaped to Canada.  She was captured and jailed.  When she later regained custody of Lucy, Daniel decided to marry her in order to keep the child safe.  Daisy eventually overdosed on pills so that she could be admitted to a psychiatric hospital.  She then disappeared again.  Heather and Danial moved to Savannah, Georgia to raise Lucy together.
It's also interesting to note that Heather was once engaged to Adam Newman.  They ended their relationship on bad terms.  However, I wonder if  if Heather's former relationship will Adam will be a factor now that she has returned.

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) has a new look

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) has a new hairstyle.  She is wearing bangs.  Her character (Chelsea) has a more confident outlook.  She's much brighter and happier.  By the way, I don't believe for one second that her dinner with Billy Abbott was not a date.  Of course it was.  They were just afraid to call it that.  
Chelsea would be taking a risk by getting romantically involved with Billy Boy, given his track record with relationships, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.  Billy seems to have settled down somewhat, but he still can't seemed to find direction in his life.  Who knows?  Maybe they will be good for each other.


Michael Graziadei

Daniel Romalotti (Michael Graziadei) is back and he is front and centre in the storyline.  It seems that his videogame project is much in demand in Genoa City.  His family, Heather and Lucy, have arrived in GC and hie has just fired his meddling mother, Phyllis.  Fans, are you pleased that he is back and that he is playing such a prominent role in the storyline right now?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Are you pleased that Daniel Romalotti (Michael Graziadei) has returned and has such a big part on Y&R? free polls


I really need your feedback.  If you have any comments on Y&R, please email them to me with "Viewer Forum" in the subject line. I will be happy to publish your comments and reply to them  You do not have to use your real name.  I really need your input.  I really need to hear your opinion.  I want to know if you agree or disagree with me. 

My email address:
That's all for now. We are into the February Sweeps and Valentine's Day is coming up.  I'm also looking forward to Y&R's 50th anniversary celebrations in March.  Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, February 25, 2023. 

Take care,


    Saturday, February 4, 2023

    TV Banter Quiz #30


    Are you ready for the latest TV Banter television quiz?  Get ready and good luck!  There are ten questions.

    1.  In which city did Eight is Enough take place?

    A.  Los Angeles, California

    B.  Boston, Massachusetts

    C.  Cleveland, Ohio

    D.  Sacramento, California

    E.  Seattle, Washington

    2.  On The Beverly Hillbillies, Jane Hathaway, secretary to Milburn Drysdale, the Clampett family's banker, had a hobby.  What was Miss Hathaway's hobby?

    A. playing Cribbage

    B.  bird watching

    C. stamp collecting

    D.  coin collecting

    E.  playing badminton

    3.  Tom Selleck is best known for his starring roles in Magnum, PI (1980-1988) and Blue Bloods    (2010 -).  Earlier in his career, Tom played the role of Jed Andrews on a daytime soap opera.  What is the name of that soap?

    Tom Selleck

    A.  The Young and the Restless

    B.  All My Children

    C.  Days of our Lives

    D.  As the World Turns

    E.  General Hospital

    4.  On Friends, what was the name of Ross's capuchin monkey?

    A.  Marty

    B.  Morgan

    C.  Mitch

    D.  Marcel

    E.  Marv

    5.  On Marcus Welby, M.D., what vehicle did Dr. Steven Kiley (James Brolin) drive to work?

    A.  Chevy Corvette

    B.  Volkswagen Bug

    C.  Motorcycle

    D.  Bicycle

    E.   Ford Mustang

    6.  On Frasier, what breed of dog was Eddie?

    A.  Boston Terrier

    B.  Basenji

    C.   Rat Terrier

    D.  Mutt

    E.  Jack Russell Terrier

    7.  On Seinfeld, what was the first name of George's father?

    A.  Frank Costanza

    B.  Joe Costanza

    C,  Tony Costanza

    D.  Al Costanza

    E.  George Costanza Sr.

    8.  On Family Ties, Michael J. Fox portrayed a young, conservative Republican.  What did the "P." in the name of Alex P. Keaton's stand for?

    Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton

    A.  Peter

    B.  Percival

    C.  Peace

    D.  Prescott

    E. Patrick

    9.  On The Waltons, where was Walton's Mountain located?

    A.  West Virginia

    B.  Virginia

    C.  Oklahoma

    D.  North Dakota

    E.  South Dakota

    10.   Which French actor appeared in an episode of  I Love Lucy during Lucy and Ricky's visit to Paris?

    A.  Maurice Chevalier

    B.  Yves Montand

    C.  Charles Boyer

    D.  Jean-Louis Trintgnant

    E.  Jean-Paul Belmondo


    1.  D.  

    Sacramento, California

    Eight is Enough was set in Sacramento, California, where the patriarch of the Bradford family, Tom Bradford (Dick Van Patten), worked as a newspaper columnist for the fictional Sacramento Register.

    2.  B.

    Bird watching

    Jane Hathaway (Nancy Kulp), Mr. Drysdale's secretary, was a member of a zany bird watcher club.  She wore hiking clothes and used binoculars.

    Nancy Kulp also played the bird-loving Pamela Livingstone on The Bob Cummings show in the 1950s

    3.  A

    The Young and the Restless

    From 1974 to 1975, Tom Selleck portrayed Jed Andrews on The Young and the Restless.

    Below is a photo of Tom during his Young and Restless days.

    4.  D


    Ross (David Schwimmer) with Marcel

    In the tenth episode of the fourth season of Friends, Ross Geller, adopts a monkey to keep him company after his divorce.  The episode, entitled "The One with the Monkey," was first broadcast on December 15, 1994.  The pet monkey, Marcel, was actually a female capuchin named Katie.

    5.  C


    Dr. Steven Kiley, played by James Brolin, drove a motorcycle to work.

    6.  E

    Jack Russell Terrier

    Frasier's father, Martin Crane, owned a Jack Russell named Eddie.  Eddie was portrayed by a dog named Moose for the first seven seasons of Frasier, and by Moose's son, Enzo, for the remaining four.  Eddie was capable of understanding many commands, and human language to a degree.  He would run away when someone spelled out B-A-T-H.  He generally listened only to Martin.

    7.  A   

    Frank Costanza

    John Randolph (left) and Jerry Stiller

    The first actor to portray Frank Costanza on Seinfeld was John Randolph.  Randolph originated the role in a Season 4.episode entitled "The Handicap Spot," in which George borrows his father's car.  Frank didn't reappear until the Season 5, Episode 2 of the series. entitled "The Puffy Shirt."  The character was recast and John Randolph was replaced with comedian Jerry Stiller.  Stiller became much more popular with viewers and was more suited to the role.

    8.  C


    Alex's parents, Elyse and Steven Keaton (Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross),were hippies during the 1960s.  That's why they chose "Peace" as their son's middle name.  There was an episode of Family Ties where there was a flashback to when Alex was a baby, and it was revealed how he got his second name.  According to the episode, entitled "A Christmas Story" (Season 1, Episode 11, Air Date: December 15, 1982), Alex was born in 1965, while his parents were on assignment in Africa, having been influenced by John F. Kennedy to join the Peace Corps.

    During his audition for the role of Alex, Michael J. Fox, who played Elyse and Steven's conservative Republican son, suggested that the initial "P." should be added to Alex's name.  The writers liked the idea.

    9.  B


    The Waltons was set in the fictional mountain community in the fictitious Jefferson County, Virginia.  Located near Charlottesville, Virginia.  The small hamlet was actually the hometown of Earl Hamner, whose writings formed the basis of the TV series.  Hamner outlined his settings based on his childhood home in  Schyuyler, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  There is a Walton's Mountain Museum in a corner of the mountains.

    The "Walton's Mountain" shown on the TV show was actually a hill in the Hollywood Hills.

    10. C.

    Charles Boyer

    Lucy with Charles Boyer in  I Love Lucy 

    Charles Boyer appeared in a 1956 episode of I Love Lucy entitled "Lucy Meets Charles Boyer" (Season 5, Episode 19, Air Date: March 5, 1956).  

    - Joanne